Christmas is a time for miracles. Thursday night, dozens of area children took off from the Jackson-Evers Airport and flew to the North Pole. It's a holiday experience that won't soon be forgotten.
The 62 children and their parents boarded the C-17 for their flight to the North Pole. The massive jet's engines roared to life and the adventure began. Then they arrived at their destination. There were plenty of games and gifts for all.
"They're here all standing in line playing games, face painting, reading and just doing all kinds of games while they wait to get in line and go around to see Santa clause. They get to sit on Santa Clause's lap and get a bicycle and a bunch of gifts," said Mississippi's National Guard Adjutant General Major General William Freeman.
Participants say it's not only a fun experience, it's a blessing.
"It's bringing a blessing to all the kids who can't, you know, some of the parents can't afford to get the kids a blessing this year," said participant Resheda Sanders.
"Especially my baby, she's very excited. It's a real live experience of what we fairy tale tell about Christmas and I appreciate it," added participant Adatisha Shelton.
For the men and women of the 172nd Airlift Wing, it's a labor of love.
"We get to see the little smiles, you know, they light up when they get to see Santa and Mrs. Clause and all the elves. They just love it especially seeing everything come together. I mean, it really means a lot to all of us here," said Melissa Herron of the 172nd Airlift Wing.
It is the fifth year the 172nd airlift group has done this event. The Salvation Army, Brown Bottling Group, Y-101 Radio, Richard Schwartz and Associates, along with the Brain Injury Association were among the sponsors making the North Pole flight possible.
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